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Dual-fuelled Matson vessel arrives in Honolulu

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Matson, Inc. has welcomed the first of four new ships that will be introduced in its Hawaii service over the next two years.

Named in honour of Hawaii's late senior US Senator, the Daniel K. Inouye is the largest containership ever built in the US. Weighing in at over 51 400 t, the 850 ft long, 3600 TEU vessel is Matson's largest ship and also its fastest, with a top speed in excess of 23 knots.

The arrival of Daniel K. Inouye also marks the beginning of a nearly US$1 billion investment by Matson in its Hawaii service over the next few years, with the four new ships completing a renewal of its Hawaii fleet, and a terminal expansion and modernisation project at its Sand Island facility in Honolulu.

All four new vessels have been designed by Matson specifically for its Hawaii service and incorporate a number of ‘green ship technology’ features that will help protect the environment, including a more fuel-efficient hull design, dual-fuel engines that can be adapted to use LNG, environmentally safe double hull fuel tanks and fresh water ballast systems.

“These new ships are the future for Hawaii shipping and will bring a new level of efficiency and reliability to our service,” said Matt Cox, chairman and chief executive officer. “The substantial investment in new technology underscores Matson's long-term commitment to Hawaii and our desire to serve the Islands in the most advanced, environmentally friendly way for years to come.”

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